Transport ambitions for Swansea take step forward

A series of bids for funding have been made to the Welsh Government to support transport and cycling in Swansea.

Swansea Council has submitted a package of bids totalling almost £14 million to assist with the further development of electric vehicles charging infrastructure, the creation of more Active Travel cycling links and improvements to existing transport links.

One of the schemes the Council hopes to secure funding for is the South West Wales Metro – a regional transport plan that aims to improve transport links between Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.

A key route from the north of the city (A483) into Swansea city centre is also included in the plans with funding being bid for to improve traffic flows.

32 electric vehicles charging points have recently been completed in Swansea and the latest bid will seek to create a further 69 charging points across the city.

Stuart Davies, Head of Highways and Transportation, said: “The plans to increase the number of electric charging points in the city will make sure we are well prepared for the increase in electric vehicles on our roads in the years to come.

“Our wider transport aims are to improve traffic flows city-wide and look at how we can introduce a transport system which works well with other councils across the region.”

More than £6 million of funding is included in a bid to develop further Active Travel cycle infrastructure and would include a 2.8km off road shared use path between Penllergaer and Gorseinon. Further routes are also planned in Morriston and between Penllergaer and Fforestfach.

Part of the bid will also be used to look at the potential for further routes between Morriston Hospital and the DVLA as well as a new link across Clyne Common.

Mr Davies added: “We are continuing to expand our cycle network in Swansea in an effort to make cycling a serious and realistic option of transport for people commuting to work.

“Our latest plans include a number of strategic routes which link up communities and provide missing links between existing routes and the city centre.”

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